Labuan, Malaysia, September 28: Sweden’s Oskar Arvidsson continued to hold on to his lead by carding a second round two-under-par 70 at the PGM Labuan Championship on Thursday.
Despite not being able to match or better his opening 65, the Swede’s two-day total of nine-under-par 135 was still enough to give him a three-shot advantage over Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang who returned with a 67 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) Asian Development Tour event.
Malaysia’s R. Nachimuthu was the highest-placed local after he signed for a 71 to share third place with Blake Snyder of the United States at the Labuan International Golf Club.
Arvidsson started his round encouragingly with a birdie on the par-five second.
However, he seemed to have lost his way when he dropped three shots on the sixth, seventh and ninth hole.
Arvidsson then rallied back strongly and reignited his hopes of another ADT win when he fired home four birdies in his inward-nine.
“I didn’t hit it as close to the pins as yesterday and I made a few mistakes in my front-nine. Luckily I managed to recover after the turn and was definitely relived with those four birdies in my back-nine.
“I’m in a good position heading into the last two rounds and I hope it’ll stay that way,” said Arvidsson.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the PGM Labuan Championship will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores
135 - Oskar ARVIDSSON (SWE) 65-70
138 – CHOO Tze Huang (SGP) 71- 67
140 – R. Nachimuthu (MAS) 69-71, Blake SNYDER (USA) 71-69
141 – Shariffuddin ARIFFIN (MAS) 73- 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 73-68
143 – Panuwat MUENLEK (THA) 71-72, Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA) 71-72, Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 70-73
144 - Sukree OTHMAN (MAS) 74-70, , Jakraphan PREMSIRIGORN (THA) 75-69, Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 74-70, Kenneth DE SILVA (MAS) 71-73, Arie Irawan (MAS) 72-72, LIU Yan-wei (CHN) 71-73, Mohammad WAFIYUDDIN (MAS) 72-72, KOH Deng Shan (SGP) 73-71
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.